Lord Jeremy Ashworth loved Seraphina from the moment they met. With her dark brown hair and expressive tawny eyes, she had an external beauty and inner radiance that outshone all those women he had met before. She lived alone in a tiny cottage in the middle of the woods, surrounded by flowers and wildlife. Jeremy was utterly captivated, as Seraphina was with him, and it was not long until they wed.

Their union was a happy one. They travelled together, worked in the gardens, and helped the farmers during harvest season. There was nothing that one did without the other. Their one regret was that they were never blessed with a child.

They had thirty-two blissful years together before Seraphina took a fall from her horse and hit her head on a rock. Jeremy threw himself from his own horse, desperately gathering his wife up in his arms and kissing away her tears as his own ran down his cheeks.

“Do not be afraid, my love,” she whispered. “It is my time to die.”

“No!” he cried. “Don’t leave me. We have too much left to share.”

She smiled a little wistfully. “I wish we’d had babes together,” she said. “They would have been so cherished.” Her body suddenly spasmed, her back arching violently. “Put me down,” she ground out, “And do not fear the flames. They are just the blessing of the phoenix.”

“Phoenix?” he queried, but he followed her wishes and laid her gently on the ground as the tips of her greying hair began to smoulder and blaze. He tried not to be fearful, but he knew he was seeing something beyond normal—something magical.

“Call her Eleanora,” Seraphina cried. Her back arched as she took her last breath, and her body burst into flame. Jeremy watched in horror as her body broke down into ashes, fluttering away into the wind.

As the fire died down, wrapped within flames that resembled the wings of a great golden bird, lay a tiny baby girl with a mop of dark hair and a lick of flame in her eyes.

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    Margarida Brei
    Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
    1 month ago

    What a magnificent picture! Is this your own design? I am intrigued by this romance. Do the flames of the Phoenix rebirth his wife or do they create their baby?

    Deborah Goulding
    Deborah Goulding(@deborah-goulding)
    Reply to  Carrie OLeary
    1 month ago

    I’ve enjoyed each and every one Carrie! You have a knack for retelling this. I could immerse myself into a longer version. Keep them coming!

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    Reply to  Carrie OLeary
    1 month ago

    Done!

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    28 days ago

    I really enjoyed your Cinderella retelling, Carrie. I love to know that Eleanora is a rebirth of Seraphina. Such a lovely magical tale. Nice picture too.

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    Reply to  Carrie OLeary
    27 days ago

    

    N Jungeberg
    N Jungeberg(@n-jungeberg)
    14 days ago

    Well, well, well…you stretched my own imagination with this one! Bravo! Your writing inspires and creates a muse in others!

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